LIVING HISTORY/ORAL HISTORY PRESENTATIONS
The Museum’s Living History/Oral History Program features our highly knowledgeable volunteers portraying prominent personalities in aviation history. These talented performers, in authentic clothing with appropriate presentation materials, will keep your group enthralled and fascinated while describing their adventures as they made aviation history. *The Living History Program is a volunteer program and subject to change.
Contact us to learn how your group can arrange for a presentation.
Amelia Earhart, who proved that flying was not a male-only prerogative and set many aviation records until her untimely disappearance on a round-the-world flight in 1937. Appears every Tuesday.
Orville Wright, along with his brother Wilbur built and successfully flew the first heavier than air, controlled and powered airplane in 1903 after years of determined experimentation. Appears first Friday.
Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin, a retired Prussian general, developed his namesake lighter-than-air dirigibles that flew in peace and war for almost forty years. Appears first Wednesday of even numbered months.
Jimmy Doolittle, already a famous aviation engineer and record setter, planned and led the first bombing mission on Japan in Army bombers launched from a Navy aircraft carrier. Appears every Wednesday.
Vice Admiral Charles Rosendahl was a naval officer from Texas who flew and commanded America’s giant military airships of the 1930s. Appears second Friday.
The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were female pilots trained by the Army Air Corps to deliver aircraft from the factories to the operational bases. These brave and pioneering women also provided support by towing aerial targets and fulfilling many other hazardous aviation duties during World War II. Appears every Sunday.
The Commercial Aviation Pilot explains the changing role of civil aviation from its beginnings using flimsy World War I biplanes through the supersonic Concorde. and today’s wide aisle airliners. Upon request.
Wiley Post was the first man to fly solo around the world, credited with the invention of the pressure suit and discovered the jet stream. Appears every Friday.
In addition, one volunteer portrays himself in our Oral History Program:
Marine Corps pilot, Captain Kenneth Branscom flew ground support missions in his AD “Skyraider” over North Korea during the Korean War. Upon request.